Teaching and Learning with Virtual Teams

Teaching and Learning with Virtual Teams

Sharmila Pixy Ferris (William Paterson University, USA) and Susan H. Godar (William Paterson University, USA)
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Release Date: October, 2005|Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 303
ISBN13: 9781591407089|ISBN10: 1591407087|EISBN13: 9781591407102|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-708-9


The growth of e-learning and distance education today creates an increasingly pressing need for research and writing on the pedagogy of e-learning. Teams are, or should be, an integral component of e-learning. Teaching and Learning with Virtual Teams develops this concept by investigating many issues around teams in the virtual and hybrid classroom, bringing a variety of current research and practice on the subject of virtual and collaborative teams in teaching and learning together in a single accessible source.

The issues covered by this book include, but are not limited to, theoretical models, pedagogy of e-learning, virtual team design and management, collaborative learning, and strategies for effectiveness in teaching and learning. These issues are considered in virtual or online classes as well as an added pedagogical element in “traditional” classes.

Reviews and Testimonials

This book explores the ins and outs of using information and communication technologies to create and facilitate collaborative learning. Its chapters include practical advice, theoretical implications and examples of actual virtual team experiences. While the benefits of collaborative or team learning are well known, we are just beginning to understand how technology can support or hinder the pedagogical and affective advantages it can produce. This book examines the conditions and characteristics of effective technology-supported learning experiences as well as the possibilities that can be created by virtual technologies.

– Hilary Wilder William Paterson University USA

Teaching and Learning with Virtual Teams is an excellent compilation of theoretical and practical information designed to assist anyone teaching online in higher education. This book provides a wide range of experiences, examples, and suggestions of how to effectively design an online or hybrid course that makes e-pedagogy front and center. It is very informative and practical. Highly recommended."

– Dr. Lori S. Mestre, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, USA, in Education Libraries Volume 29, Number 1 (Summer 2006)

It was striking to read several accounts of how teaching staff had successfully implemented virtual teams in the face of considerable cost and organisational resistance. These intrepid authors are to be congratulated on their insightful discussions of trust, virtual team configurations, the place of face-to-face meetings, and the critical matter of how best to prepare virtual teams. Research into the concept of member salience," based on different combinations of physical or virtual co-presence, is on of the highlights of the book."

– British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol. 40, No. 4

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Sharmila Pixy Ferris (PhD, the Pennsylvania State University, 1995) is an Associate Professor in the Interpersoanl Concentration of the Department of Communication at William Paterson University. With a Master's in English and a Bachelor's in Psychology, Dr. Ferris brings an interdisciplinary focus to her research in computer-mediated communication. This relatively new field builds on an investigation of the potentials and innovations introduced to the field of communication by new computer technologies. Within the broader area of computer-mediated communication, Dr. Ferris studies gender, small groups, orality and literacy, and adoption patterns. She is an experienced consultant, and has worked with regional, national and multi-national corporations to conduct diversity training as well as workshops in communication skills, leadership, and teamwork. She has been published in a variety of journals including Qualitative Research Reports, The New Jersey Journal of Communication, The Electronic Journal of Communication, Interpersonal Computing and Technology, The Journal of Electronic Publishing and Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine.
Susan Hayes Godar is Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Marketing & Management Sciences at the Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business, William Paterson University. Her research, primarily on virtual groups, the ethics of mobile commerce, and marketing practices, has appeared in such journals as Journal of International Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Services Marketing Quarterly, and Teaching Business Ethics. She is currently the Section Editor (e-Marketing) for Marketing Education Review Electronic Teaching Resources. Dr. Godar has served as a consultant to numerous companies and organizations in the aviation industry, and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board.  Prior to joining academe, she marketed helicopters and light airplanes. Professor Godar holds a BA in Sociology from Creighton University, an MBA from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in International Business from Temple University.